Thurrock FC In Trouble Again

Thurrock FC find themselves in hot water once more after fielding an ineligible player. Again.

Striker David Knight played for The Fleet in their Robert Dyas League Cup match with Aveley on October 8th, a game they lost. Knight had previously played – and scored – for Met Police on September 3rd in the same competition. This comes just months after they were deducted three points for playing Joel Barnett at the start of last season. That deduction, of course, resulted in Thurrock dropping into the relegation zone in the Ryman Premier, and subsequent relegation. This led to the whole saga over the summer, with the club going all the way to the Court of Arbitration for Sport as they attempted to overturn the punishment.

As they lost the cup tie in which Knight played, they will most likely face a fine. Had they won, they would probably be facing expulsion from the competition. Tony Flood, press officer at Thurrock, said “We made a mistake and shouldn’t have played David. We didn’t realise he had already played in the competition and accept it is our fault.” He went on to say “We will learn from our mistake.”

We will see!


About James Bartaby

Hey, I'm James and I'm relatively new to non-league football, having only taken in my first match in September 2011. Despite it being a 0-4 defeat for Hampton & Richmond Borough, I became a huge fan of the club and NL in general. So much so that they are now the first club that I mention when talking about which team I support! I just got massively disillusioned with top flight football in this country and the attitudes of the lawmakers and top clubs in general, and I wanted to start taking my son to see decent football. I am now the club's Deputy Press Officer, and loving every minute!

Posted on October 17, 2013, in UTL Archive and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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